Just another Vaya.
Just another Vaya.
Ready for the Texas Chainring Massacre this weekend. Pake C'Mute with Velocity A23's, Conti 32mm X-Kings, fenders and frame bag.
the DT waterbottle barely fits under the frame bag, so the plan is to fill both bottles and drink from teh ST bottle first. when it's empty, switch them. the frame bag is there to hold my snacks and layers of clothing that I have to take off as the day warms up.
Nice build, please provide a ride report next week :-)
When I ride gravel as opposed to commuting: Stan's Iron Cross wheelset, Ritchey Speedmax 32mm tires. I also have a CX70 double crank/FD, BB7s and 105 shifters. 46T is great for most commutes - I rarely use the FD.
I quite like the stock dropbars on the Jake. At first I wasn't sure but I've found I use them a lot - the curved shape gives a lot of easy small adjustment points in your grip.
My (demo) Volagi Viaje:
TX Chainring Massacre-
I had a blast. I rode slowly.
things I did right- brought enough food and water. set up my bike up pretty well.
things I did wrong that really slowed me down: too much clothes, had to stop a few times to strip off layers. tire choice and pressure it critical! i had 32mm CX tires at about 65 psi and it was way too much for my 160 pound self. I should have chosen some fatter tires or just rode my rigid 29" mountain bike. my tires just sunk down into a lot of the muckier stuff, but it was nice and fast when I found a dry, relatively smooth section. I dropped my pressure to about half at one point and felt much better. I think the fenders were excessive too.
I think there was a hired photographer near the beginning of the race but I have not seen the photos yet.
148. about to start boiling alive in that jacket.
Soma Doublecross DC with Retroshift shifters, VeloOrange cranks, and BB7 MTB disc brakes.
Attachment 363619Attachment 365142Soma Triplecross. Tange Prestige carbon fork and bars help dampen the road vibration, HED Belgian+ wheels, Surly beers.
It's a fun ride. Gravel grinders are popping up all over the country now and it's a good crowd just out to challenge themselves and enjoy the camaraderie.
60Cycles - I absolutely love the Soma Triple Cross, but then I am partial to shiny bikes too. That frame has been saved to my favorites folder for quite sometime now, but I am sure they will be sold out before I can save up. Enjoy that ride!
Here is my drop bar converted Jamis Coda that serves as my latest gravel rig.
The Triple Cross does not use Tange Prestige tubing. As per Soma's website: Fillet brazed KVA MS2 double butted stainless steel tubing. Really nice frame btw.
Oops, poor reading comprehension. Really do like the frame.
Nice rig. How are you liking the shifters? I have known a couple of the brifters to develop problems and sometimes think less (moving parts) may be more on an unsupported ride, miles from nowhere.